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Libya: How Colonel Gaddafi continues to haunt the living

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Gaddafi’s legacy

By Laurent De Saint Perier

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Posted on October 13, 2020 16:25

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shout slogans as they carry a photo of Muammar Gaddafi during a rally at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili

The Guide’s shadow hangs over several ongoing legal cases, not to mention the persistent instability in the Sahel region.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s remains were buried in secret in the Sirte desert in October 2011, but his ghost continues to haunt the world without respite. There’s even a person who claims to have seen the Guide praying in the South Saharan steppe in Chad in 2019.

In early October, the packets of mouldy, faded banknotes seized by French investigators from a cellar in Limoges, France were a tangible reminder of Gaddafi’s now legendary vanished loot.

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The banknotes, full of history, are recognisable: they are part of €160m worth of notes in denominations of €100 and €200 printed and numbered in 2010 by Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, at Gaddafi’s behest. Stored in a vault at the Central Bank of Libya in Benghazi, some of the banknotes became damp and mouldy after a pipe burst nearby.

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